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Can Will Huffer follow in Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s footsteps?


Can Will Huffer follow in Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s footsteps?

The teenager is an England youth international and will look to be a future Leeds star.

Leeds United have recently made a change in the goalkeeping department. After Andy Lonergan came down ill and with Felix Wiedwald injured a youngster got the call-up. Bailey Peacock-Farrell has played in the past two games for Leeds.

The 21-year-old, who previously made his first-team debut v QPR in April 2016, has struggled to make an impact since that initial breakthrough. But he has impressed in his last two games, but should it give hope for another Leeds talent?

LEEDS, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Fans look on during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Leeds United and Rotherham United at Elland Road on January 9, 2016 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Daniel Smith/Getty Images)

Will Huffer has not yet made a breakthrough to the Leeds first-team. The 19-year-old is a top talent and has played for England at youth level. For a number of years now Leeds fans  believed that Huffer could go on to be a star at Leeds.

But when Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom needed to bring a new goalie into the first-team fold, Huffer did not get the call. Instead Leeds decided to bring Polish stopper Kamil Miazek into first-team training.


In some aspects that makes sense. The January signing from Feyenoord is older than Huffer and therefore perhaps considered more experienced. Leeds though have sent a mixed message to Huffer with that decision.

during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Miazek only walked through the door at Thorp Arch in January, whilst Huffer has been with the club for a number of years. He was also handed a new professional contract at Leeds in December. Clearly he is highly thought of at Leeds, but is still considered too green for first-team involvement.

This summer there is likely to be plenty of change in the goalkeeping position at Elland Road. Heckingbottom is clearly not a fan of Wiedwald, whilst Lonergan has not been in form since his return.

Huffer faces a fight for his under-23 spot with Polish stopper Miazek. But with Peacock-Farrell in the starting spot Huffer can certainly take heart from his older team-mate’s progression into the first-team.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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